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2017-18 Academic Year

Liturgics I

Teacher: Alex Nagy and Allisyn Thomas

Required Summer Reading:

The Prayer Book Through the Ages, by William Sydnor, Revised Edition of The Story of the Real Prayer Book, Church Publishing, 1997.

“An exploration of the history of the Book of Common Prayer and its revisions, beginning with the 1549 English Prayer Book and continuing up to the present. This revised and expanded version of The Story of the Real Prayer Book (this book's original title) finishes the story of the final adoption of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Sydnor explores why each revision was necessary, what was changed, added, omitted, as well as what was retained in the "new" book.

By understanding the delicate balance between the need for change and the preservation of what is timeless, William Sydnor believes that Episcopalians will "find anew that common ground of common prayer which is our legacy, our inspiration, and our joy."

A Priest’s Handbook, the Ceremonies of the Church, Third Edition by Dennis G. Michno

The Book of Occasional Services, 2003 (Church Publishing Co.)

Optional Books are:

Worship without Words, The Signs and Symbols of Our Faith, Expanded Edition by Patricia S. Klein

Celebrating the Eucharist, A Practical Ceremonial Guide for Clergy and Other Liturgical Ministers by Patrick Malloy

The Ceremonies of the Eucharist, A Guide to Celebration by Howard E. Galley

Pastoral and Occasional Liturgies, A Ceremonial Guide by Leonel L. Mitchell

Lent, Holy Week, Easter and the Great Fifty Days, A Ceremonial Guide by Leonel L. Mitchell

Celebrating the Rites of Initiation, A Practical Ceremonial Guide for Clergy and Other Liturgical Ministers by James F. Turrell

Optional Summer Reading:

I Will Bless You and You Will be a Blessing (can be downloaded from Read Sections I through III.


Part One: Introduction to the Liturgy and the Eucharist - Alex Nagy

1.1 The Book of Common Prayer (BCP 1549-1928) Sep 9

Assignment 1

1.2 Introduction to the liturgy Sep 23

Assignment 2

1.3 Historical development of the offices and the Eucharist Sep 30

Assignment 3

1.4 Liturgical renewal of Vatican II (1965) Oct 7

Assignment 4

Reading Material

1.5 Liturgical renewal in the Episcopal Church: BCP 1979 Oct 14

Assignment 5

1.6 Eucharistic Prayers of the Episcopal Church Oct 21

Assignment 6

1.7 Liturgy within the Anglican Communion Oct 28

Assignment 7

1.8 Liturgy beyond the Anglican Communion Nov 4

Assignment 8

Part Two: Leading the Liturgy - Allisyn Thomas

2.1 Liturgy as formation Sep 16

2.2 Liturgy as a pastoral response Nov 18

2.3 Liturgy and the community Dec 2

2.4 Developing a personal style Dec 9

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